Beginning- and End-of-Course Checklists for Instructors

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Last Updated: May 19, 2022

Have you ever wished there was a resource you could reference when setting up a Canvas course? Well, good there is one! The Training Services department shared all of their collective experiences working in education and training clients for years to build this collaborative resource that instructors will hopefully find useful referencing when creating their courses in Canvas.         


Potential Uses of the Checklists

  • Review the Beginning-of-Course checklist to ensure your course is ready to publish for students

  • Reference the End-of-Course checklist to help wrap up your course before the term concludes

  • Share with your colleagues so they can also benefit from the checklists


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The checklist resource is available via Google Docs "Make a Copy" so you can customize for your institution. Please select the following link for access: Beginning- and End-of-Course Checklists Editable Copy


Feel free to leave us comments about this resource or share the practices you use at the beginning and end of a course in Canvas.


The Training Services Department at Instructure is committed to supporting any training needs at your Institution. Reach out to your CSM if you are interested in learning more about this resource, additional resources or any of our training offerings.

Community Contributor

That is awesome thank you. We have a small rubric for a minimum standards as well you might be interested in. It's shared in Commons called Canvas Standards Course Analysis - not a beginning and end, but one of those tools we are using to assist our staff with consistency.



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Community Champion

Saved this gem! Thank you  @ewasson . How has it been received?

Community Contributor

 @ewasson  Thank you! This is exactly what we were looking for as a guide for our teachers. I have edited the document, and added some items that are specific to our campus. I also re-ordered the items so they are a little more sequential in nature. This is just the first iteration: Sign in - Google Accounts  

Community Participant

Thanks for sharing this.

Now that the New Gradebook is on by default, I would just suggest minor updates to the "Export Grades" item in your end of course checklist, and hyperlinking to these instructions from the Canvas Instructor Guide:

How do I export grades in the New Gradebook? 

Community Member

Thank you so much, this looks great. 

Community Member

What a great resource for teachers!

Community Member

Great checklist to kick off a new year.